December 6th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush in Philadelphia: 'Welcome to my hanging'

 Bush got a look at a new presidential portrait Saturday.
Bush got a look at a new presidential portrait Saturday.

(CNN) - President Bush has often said he doesn’t dwell on how others view him – but he spent plenty of time Saturday taking in one conception, attending the unveiling of a presidential portrait in at a private club in Philadelphia.

"Welcome to my hanging," said Bush, to laughter from the crowd.

Watch Bush at his portrait's unveiling

Artist Mark Carder painted the portrait after taking hundreds of photos of Bush this spring. In it, Bush is standing in the White House Treaty Room, looking straight ahead.

“I was taken aback by how much gray paint you had to use,” Bush told Carder in his Saturday comments at the Union League in Philadelphia. “It speaks more about my job than yours.”

The president also compared himself to another commander-in-chief. “I found it interesting that the League was founded in 1862, to support President Lincoln in a time when his leadership was deeply controversial,” he said. “I know how he felt.”

Read why Bush faces a turbulent post-presidency


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  1. Lyndon from CA

    George W., as American as apple pie.

    December 6, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  2. Will, NJ

    How appropriate to immortalize him with the confused chimp expression that he has made so famous.

    December 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. JIM

    Mr President:

    Though I disagreed with some of your policies, I thank you for wanting to serve your nation as our 43rd President of the United States.

    God Bless You & America

    December 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Mike

    For Bush to compare himself to Lincoln in any context just shows how ignorant and arrogant the man really is. Lincoln would be appalled by the GOP and the President of today. No doubt he'd find more in common with Obama. Bush was an average 'Joe', in the most powerful office in world, at an extraordinary tiime, blinded by his own simple-minded arrogance and manipulated by ideologues, producing exactly the kind of disastrously botched stewardship you'd expect from the guy next door.

    December 6, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Dubya was alright until the right-wing putzs like Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, and Cheney brainwashed him.

    What a disaster. I feel sorry for us.

    And all the folks defending him–do you all understand that he acted upon bad intelligence and got us in that quagmire Iraq?

    I give up on Republicans. They never get it. Country First my a$$!

    December 6, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Greg Hodges

    They should have included the Supreme Court judges who are the only reason Bush got the job in the first place!

    December 6, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. flyer

    Uglyego3
    You and the others here make some strong statements and charges. Just shooting your mouths off does not make it true. PROVE IT.
    Linda & justin.
    I agree with you

    December 6, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. MrHapiGuy

    I do not understand the continuing angst. My fellow progressives, don't you get it? We finally won! Get over your hate and let it go, it is just holding you back. Unless someone out there has a time machine, we can't change the mistakes of the past eight years. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of our lives. It's time to move on.

    December 6, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. MICHAEL RAE

    MR BUSH IS YOUR TIME UP YET? IT SEEMS HE HAS BEEN ON RUNNING TIME FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MR BUSH ITS TIME FOR YOU AND THE MRS TO GO HOME ON THE RANGE AND SING OLD HOME WEEK BECAUSE WE DONT WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE OF YOUR CHEATS, LIES AND ALIBI'S

    December 6, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    Liberals have hate in their hearts????? After all the trash that Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter spew, not to mention Sarah Palin, and the liberals have the hate market cornered? If a Democrat did half the damage Mr. Bush did to the country, the economy, not to mention the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, the neo-cons would have had a lynch mob after the Democratic president.

    Get over yourselves, neo-cons. You had control and look what happened! Don't be mad at the Democrats, they didn't mess up your party, YOU DID!!!!!

    December 6, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Crystal

    Bush you are no comparison of Abe. I'm a historian, trust me your legacy will be told the way it really was. Not the way you and Rove sell on Fox. Sick Pigs.

    December 6, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    This moron can still laugh and joke after all the misery he has caused in this world. Bush is war criminal and a PIG.

    ROT IN HELL

    December 6, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Never again !

    December 6, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. Cathy in Florida

    THOSE Republicans that get on here make me laugh and puke at the same time.
    BLIND FAITH IN BAD LEADERSHIP IS NOT PATIOTISM
    WAR IS NOT PRO-LIFE
    AND WE ARE ALL AGAINST HYPOCRITS

    BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL

    December 6, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. william

    TO LINDA-ANGI'S MOM -THE WEATHER MAN-BUSH A GEIOUS!!!!! YOU GATTA BE FU#@ING KIDDING ME,KEEPING US SAFE, SEP 11, ON HIS WATCH. TRY TELLING ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOST THERE JOBS THAT BS.I'M SICK OF ALL YOU REPUNKS, IF YOU THINK HE DID A GOOD JOB YOU MUSY HAVE BEEN IN A COMMA IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. IT'S PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. YOU VOTE FOR PEOPLE YOU LIKE TO HAVE A BEER WITH. I VOTE THE BEST THE MOST INTELLIGENT ONE. (THAT ONE) YOU THINK PALIN CAN BE POTUS, IF THAT'S TRUE VOTE FOR MY DAUGHTER SHE'S SMARTER THAN PALIN.

    December 6, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. mike

    I dont think he is graduated and go to YALE with HONESTLY ,he is pro drug dealer and criminal type
    anybody run for office need IQ TEST and LIE DETECTOR republic or democrat ALL same crooked and moron should be this all people never in there capital hill

    December 6, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. Larry

    Time will favor you,people will need to be further educated by the historians on what the real situation was that you walked into,and all that you have accomplished.

    December 6, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. sanjosemike

    SEE IF OBAMA IS ANY BETTER CONTROLLING TERRORISM...

    The Press has sanctified Barack Obama as their patron saint. Like it or not, their "saint" will also have to deal with Islamofascist terrorism, and the desire of the radical Muslim world to return fo the 12th century. Bush understood that this is a war of cultures and life-styles.

    The annointed left, which hates Bush so much would be the first to be executed at a Muslim political rally.

    Bush took the battle to the geography of the radicals. He has prevented us from another terrorist attack. Nobody, I mean nobody thought we'd go through these many years without another attack, even the liberals.

    Look, I'm not saying Bush had a decent energy policy (neither party did), or ran the Iraq War properly before Petraeus.

    All I'm saying is that in order to fight terrorism, Obama will also have to bring the battle to the terrorists. This will mean the necessity for military action.

    The same pacifist contingent that fought Bush and put Obama into the Oval Office will also turn against Obama...just you wait and see...

    In another 15 years, Bush will have been given the credit he deserves for keeping the Western World intact and free from Shar'ia Law.

    sanjosemike

    December 6, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Zach K

    To make a long comment short.

    Good Painting.
    Bad President.

    That is All.

    December 6, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. LF Oneto

    You don´t need to be a liberal to see W as an imbecile who can hardly put two words together. Be thankful for what!; for over 4,000 US Servicemen and women death? For thousands wounded? For an economy on the pits? And yet, there are enough rednecks to vote for him for a third term if the Constitution would allow it.

    December 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    W, Chenney, et al – good riddence.

    December 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Caroline

    You know it is comments like some of the ones above that give the Democratic Party such a black eye, and the descriptor of being left winged wackos which personally I find disturbing. I am a democrat and believe in democratic principals, this does not however include being rude, obnoxious, disrespectful, and in general terribly unpleasant. Why must we always "hate" the opponent? Why should we lower ourselves to the level of say Rush L. who brings hatred to a whole new level? This country is mostly made up of reasonable people, you know your neighbors and the people you go to church with, to scout meetings, to the PTA, and such. We just want to live a good life, and help those who are less fortunate to get a hand up. Not a hand out, but to help them learn how to take care of themselves, education, vocational training, and possibly the upcoming work projects of the 21st century. This to me is what being a democrat is all about, being kind and good. I find the Republican Party very bottom line oriented, perhaps that is how greed got so out of hand (not that we don't have democrats who have followed down the same path). The point is that it is time for change, not name calling and rude behavior, we need to come together as communities and neighborhoods to make this a better world to live in, for all people.

    December 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. Perusing-Through

    LEGACY OF BUSH-43 PRESIDENCY

    Bush-43 legacy should be written as his attempt to prove his worthiness to Bush-41 (aka Dad). Bush-43 came into U.S. Presidency with a string of failed executive and managerial ventures in tow. Unsurprisingly Bush-43 leaves the Presidency with even more disastrous failures, to include: [1.] two unending wars, [2.] broken borders and immigration policies, [3.] failed energy (Cheney) policies,
    [4.] national economic meltdown, [5.] skyrocketing unemployment,
    [6.] record breaking home foreclosures, [7.] unaffordable or no health coverage, [8.] lost investments and retirement plans, [9.] spiraling national debt, [10.] lost of international credibility & admiration,
    [11.] ineffective agencies like EPA, FDA, CDC, FEMA, [12.] the lost of civil liberties, [13.] banking and financial credit crisis.

    December 6, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. troy

    Best thing about Bush is that he was so incompetent that he made it okay for America to vote for a black man. Thanks Bush for giving us black folks the best present since the gains of the civil rights movement. hahaha.

    December 6, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  25. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    The very fact that George Bush would refer to "his hanging" certainly shows that he understands he is no hero to the American public. There is no doubt, if you watch his face twitch and his jaw muscles tense as he speaks on national news, that this person is severly stressed. We can only hope he is starting to feel remorse for the many lives his wars have cost, we can hope he is feeling guilt for those Iraqies who have lost not only their homes, businesses and country but their families and lives in George Bushes wars. We all wish for his impeachment and jail time but maybe thats not what he deserves. Maybe what he deserves is to live with the knowledge that HE IS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY AND HE AND THE ADMINISTRATION HE CHOSE, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ALMOST TOTAL DEVISTATION OF HIS COUNTRY. I wonder if it's possile for a former Commander N Chief to suffer presidential PTS..... Wouldn't that be deserving?

    December 6, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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